Monthly Archives: March 2013

Easy Easter DIYs — Try Them This Weekend!

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Looking for some easy ways to add some DIY style to your Easter festivities on the 30th? We’ve rounded up some fun ideas that won’t take up a lot of time. Which one are you going to try this weekend?

 

Eat Drink Chic is offering this free downloadable printable tag, which would be perfect to add to an Easter basket or present. Inspired by origami, we love its use of color and glitter.

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This charming Easter Egg bunting from Flax & Twine is actually upcycled from cereal boxes. Pretty and eco as well!

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How clever is this bouquet, which uses florals and Easter egg radishes? Find the steps for this DIY on Remodelista.

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Understated, elegant, modern and textured. The Norwegian knitting and craft site Pickles has outdone itself with these all-white Easter eggsalt2

 

We’re excited to try these Pinata Eggs from A Subtle Revelry. They’re filled with confetti!

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These Easter bunny place cards are a total treat! Janis from Pinecone Camp  has all of the instructions for creating them.

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Have you completed an Easter DIY for a blog? Add the link to your project below!

Island Living, Shocks of Color and a Pottery Barn Collaboration: An Interview With India Hicks

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Today, we’re thrilled to feature an interview with entrepreneur, style icon and mother India Hicks. India Hicks lives on Harbour Island with her family, where she runs her business, blogs and enjoys the beauty of her Caribbean island home. India recently collaborated with Pottery Barn on a photo shoot featuring her office, and while we were there, she gave us an insider’s peek at tropical living, office must-haves and why she loves Pottery Barn furniture. You can also learn more about India Hicks in our Design Love post!

 

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How would you describe your style?

“I would describe it as modern classic.”

 

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What do you find inspiring about living on Harbour Island?

“I find it continuously inspiring. There’s never a day that goes by that I don’t find something new to look at and something to be inspired by. I think that’s because we’re so dominated by nature. There’s the sea around us, the sand we stand on, the sky above us, the trees that shade us — everything has a natural take and so much of the way we’ve designed has been about bringing that nature into the design.”

 

What are your guidelines for decorating in a tropical environment?

“We try to take all of the harsher elements out. When we moved into our home when we first arrived on the island we took out the glass, the cement and the tile and we replaced those with the softer elements of wood and paper and straw, for instance. We laid down very long, quite dramatic floorboards in our sitting and dining rooms, which immediately dated the house and gave it a real tropical atmosphere. We do very obvious tropical decorating moments such as overhead fans, mosquito netting and dark-stained four-poster beds. These are all things that are very distinctive to an island style. We tried very hard to make it look like our house was made in the 1880s rather than the 1980s and I think that that’s achieved by having a very West Indian plantation feel to it.”

 

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What colors do you gravitate towards?

“We always say that because of the kaleidoscope of colors on the outside when you’re living on an island, on the inside we try to have a more neutral, calm palate. But we also say that rules are made to be broken. For instance, our staircase leading upstairs is painted in a bright hibiscus pink. And really what I recognize is that it’s shocks of color we have. We don’t go for bold massive color, but there are little shocks here and there to keep you on your toes.

Clearly having been brought up as the daughter of David Hicks, who was all about vibrating color schemes, I do have that in my DNA. But again, because there is so much color on the outside, we did tend to paint our walls a soft dove gray and then we brought in a shocking pink sofa for instance, so the room isn’t totally dominated by color.”

 

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When you did your office photo shoot, you brought in items that were significant to you. What were the pieces that gave the room a lot of personality?

“We brought in our collection of straw hats, because I love the idea of bringing texture in. The hats are very tropical. We call them our lending library and whenever we have guests come and stay we have a shelf where these hats live in amongst our library. And the guests will help themselves to one and wear them while they’re here. The hats, I think, do two things: setting the island element and bringing that lovely texture in.”

 

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Can you tell us about the shocks of color you used in the office and how they helped the design?

“I do feel that those shocks of color were important. Again we have the shocks of color such as the red photograph albums. I’m a  huge scrapbook person, so there are a lot of lovely red albums from a wonderful stationery company called Smythson. And we have a shocking pink umbrella that we brought back when we were in India. And we have Anish Kapoor’s painting on the wall, which is all chocolate brown with a deep pink center to it. And we have a big vase of bougainvillea. It’s the whole story of the color, the texture, the hints of island life there, the whole feeliing that it is very personal, it’s quite emotional, but again it is a work atmosphere.”

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What defines a home office for you? What are your office essentials?

“It’s quite difficult because you have to have a good balance in a work environment where you’re very focused and there aren’t huge distractions. The greater part of my life is now spent in an office. I’ll sometime come up here at 8 in the morning and leave here at 8 in the evening. Because it’s a home office you want to have a very personal feeling, and thank goodness we’re able to have that personal feeling around us. I think it’s important to have, for instance, a vase of flowers, or a palm frond or something that makes you feel there’s something living in the room, that there is a natural element in there. My desk I designed by myself, incredibly simple with that dark-stained wood, that a local carpenter put together for me. It’s very practical and useful yet it doesn’t have a sterile, cold feel to it. I have a bookcase that I designed that could be considered a cabinet of curiosities. I have my scrapbooks in there and large shells, reference books, design books so again there are all elements of my life there, but they are all neat and orderly at the same time.”

 

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You outfit your guesthouses with PB products. What products and why?

“We have two Pottery Barn sofas. You need very practical pieces of furniture that can be reupholstered very easily. They’re very useful for people that have a lot of dogs and children and a thoroughfare of activity and that’s very much the way we live our lives. I don’t find that the Pottery Barn pieces are very precious and I mean that in the most complimentary of ways. They’re sturdy, good home living pieces.”

 

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What do you find personally more important about decorating a family home?

“We’re very lucky in the fact that we have space. We have a relatively grown up sitting room where we have objects laid out and good paintings on the wall and then there’s a kid room where they have their own environment where they can be kids. And yet at the same time I want my kids with me in the sitting room as well so we don’t buy objects of huge wealth that could break or be mishandled by small fingers. At the same time we want our children to grow up surrounded by a nice environment and good-looking stuff so again it’s finding that balance where a child knows that it’s more of a looking than a touching room but doesn’t feel intimidated by the environment.”

 

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 What Harbour Island foliage is your favorite for decorating?

“I would always go for a green palm frond. They last a long time they’re in abundance outside so they’re completely inexpensive and I think that their neutral texture is quite calming. I like bringing the outside in.  The pink bougainvillea was just for a little bit of fun and to get that shock of color in.”

 

 

 

 

Our Top 10 Reasons You Should Plan Your Next Party With Soiree: Entertaining With Style

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Preeminent hostess and tastemaker Danielle Rollins is the latest entertaining expert to visit Pottery Barn HQ: She’ll be here tomorrow for a Facebook chat at 10am PT to answer all of your questions about planning the perfect celebration! In honor of her visit, we’re giving away five copies of her fantastic new book Soiree: Entertaining with Style.

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Want to know why we think you’ll love this book? Check out our top 10 reasons below, and then enter for a chance to win one of five copies of her book.

  • Veranda calls Danielle Rollins a “genuine expert—a natural-born entertainer.” You’ll see what the magazine means when you explore the elegant, gorgeous parties in her book.
  • Danielle shares parties and resources for pulling off both intimate and incredibly grand parties.
  • You’ll get a peek at parties featuring tastemakers like Oscar de la Renta and Lela Rose — how fun is that?
  • Prosecco with popsicles: need we say more?
  • One great tip from Danielle: make sure to test your cocktails before the party. We agree wholeheartedly.

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  • The recipes look exquisite. Radish, goat cheese and preserved lemon canapés anyone? 
  • The florals alone are reason enough to spend hours with this beautiful coffee table book. The pink hydrangeas in the party for Emily Giffin are totally swoon-worthy.
  • One party is set in Danielle’s Indian fabric-tented theater room. The pictures and style of this party are absolutely divine.
  • Danielle emphasizes guests’ comfort in each of her parties, and shows you how to accommodate that need with style and elegance.
  • Looking for inspiration for place cards, table settings, florals and invitations? Danielle Rollins has you covered!

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To enter for a chance to win one of five copies of Soiree: Entertaining with Style by Danielle Rollins, simply fill out the form below. (Official rules can be found here.) Good luck, and happy entertaining!

Thank you for reading! This contest is now closed.

INNA Jam on Instagram: Learn More About One of the Local Companies Featured in Our Easter Giveaways

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Later this week, we’re giving away an Easter basket to one lucky winner. Chock full of Pottery Barn Easter decor and tabletop items, this Easter basket will also include Easter brunch-inspired edibles from local San Francisco companies. Today we’re getting to know INNA Jam, one of the local companies featured in our giveaway. Since INNA Jam is on Instagram, we thought it would be fun to get to know the company through some of its delicious-looking Instagram photos.

 

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Founded by Dafna Kory, INNA Jam makes fresh, seasonal jams from fruit sourced within 150 miles of its San Francisco Bay Area kitchen. By sourcing produce directly from local organic farmers, INNA Jam is able to use the ripest, freshest fruits for its jams. INNA Jam specializes in single-varietal jams, which means it only use a single type of fruit for each jam — no herbs, spices or other flavorings are used in the jam, only single varietal fruit. INNA Jam is also an environmentally sustainable business. Employees transport and deliver jam on bicycles in the Bay Area. The company also accepts returns of empty jam jars and it composts the scraps from its Emeryville kitchen.

 

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INNA Jam is also offering a variety of shrubs this spring. Shrub, originally from the Middle East and West Africa, became popular in the U.S. in the colonial era, and can be thought of as essentially a fruit-vinegar-sugar syrup. Try it mixed with sparkling water or as a cocktail ingredient.

 

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This year, INNA Jam won a Good Food Award in the category of Preserves. Well deserved! (As you can see INNA also makes some spicy jams, too.)

 

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We’re eager to try this INNA Jam combination: buttermilk vanilla cake with freshly made ruby grapefruit jam.
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INNA Jam just released its salt-preserved meyer lemon pickles. Since they’re refrigerated, you can only buy them directly from INNA Jam’s Emeryville kitchen.

 

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Don’t forget to check back later this week for our Easter basket giveaway, which includes a variety of INNA Jam flavors.

Discover San Franola, One of the Local Companies Featured in Our San Francisco Easter Giveaway

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Later this week, we’re giving away a fun Easter basket chock full of Pottery Barn Easter decor and tabletop items as well as some great Easter brunch-inspired edibles from local San Francisco companies. Make sure to keep checking back to enter the giveaway! Today, though, we’re getting to know one of those local companies featured in our giveaway. Meet Matt and Dave, who founded San Franola Granola after being inspired by Dave’s father’s quest for better health (that’s them with Dave’s dad in the photo below.
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Matt and Dave answered a few interview questions for us about their company’s story and why they love living in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

San Franola’s proprietary recipe took 12 years to develop.  Can you give us a bit of background?

It started with Dave’s Dad.  Inspired by his goal to improve his health, he was determined to create a healthy and nutritious snack.  For 12 years he experimented and tinkered with a new granola recipe.  Most granola is baked in butter and sugar, what if there was a way to capture amazing flavor and heighten the nutritional benefits?  A family recipe was born and it worked so well that it convinced two best friends to quit their traditional jobs and bring a healthy crunch to snacking.

 

Can you tell us a little about your granola’s unique taste?

Freshly Roasted makes a difference.  Other brands develop their flavor profile by baking in butter, flour and sugar, our unique process combined with natural ingredients including almonds, oats, cinnamon and molasses creates a rich, robust taste and big, crunchy clusters.

 

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Why is San Franola so much better for you than other granolas?

Our Freshly Roasted recipe allows us to take out the bad (less sugar, butter and flower) and put in the good (10 grams of protein plus higher fiber than other brands).

 

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How did you choose your different granola varieties?

With our distinctive and robust taste, we didn’t want to overcomplicate things.  Our recipe stands for itself.  We have two versions, With Raisins or Without Raisins and two packages, our 12 oz. re-sealable bag (perfect for the kitchen) and our 1.55 oz. Single-Serve Box (designed for on-the-go healthy snacking).

What is it like to work with your best friend?

We have always been active, our friendship started in third grade on the soccer field.  Being fitness minded, it is no surprise we started a company designed to make snacking more nutritious.  This is not just a business, but a passion, which is made even more rewarding by sharing the successes (and the challenges) with someone you trust completely.

Why did you name your product San Franola?

The Bay Area epitomizes the principles of the brand: nutrition, active lifestyle, and entrepreneurship.  We get more inspired and passionate each day that we walk around our hometown.

What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area?

Innovation.  Growing up here creates a can-do mentality, not just in tech, but in the food space as well.  We are constantly stimulated and rewarded by other entrepreneurs who share our mission in making better nutrition more delicious and accessible to all.

Make sure to check back later this week for a chance to win our Easter basket giveaway, which includes four packages of San Franola Granola.

 

Pinterest Board of the Week: The Incredible Easter Egg

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Our Pinterest love affair is still going strong, and this week we’re obsessing over all of the amazing egg decorating ideas in our Happy Easter Pinterest board.While there are plenty of adorable ideas in the Pinterest board (as well as colors other than pink), these blush-colored orbs are really speaking to us this week.
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From left to right,

  1. These German Easter Eggs from Pottery Barn are perfect for so many Easter decorating needs. Use them as part of a place card for an Easter brunch, or fill a hurricane vase with them for a centerpiece on that table. Use them as part of a mantel decorating moment, or add them to topiaries outside your door. We could go on and on — they’re that adorable!
  2. Leave it to Martha Stewart to create these chic, nature-inspired eggs. We love how they’ve been staged on different white egg cups, too. You can get all of the decorations for this botanical egg DIY here.
  3. A Creative Mint shared theses sweet handpainted eggs. Take inspiration from this project and try your hand at painting something similar on your Easter eggs this year.
  4. Colorblocked. Pink. Gold. Need we say more? These eggs, featured on The Stylish Type, are the peak of chic in our book!

Check out all of the great decorating ideas on our Happy Easter Pinterest board.

Four Easy Saint Patrick’s Day Decorating Projects — Plus a Beer Mug Giveaway!

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Are you planning on raising a glass to toast to St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th? If so, we think you might be interested in our Pottery Barn beer mug giveaway. We’re giving away 10 sets of two of our Classic Beer Mugs to our fans. Keep reading to learn how to enter, and for four of our favorite ideas for decorating around the holiday.

 

Whether you’re serving Harp, Guinness , Smithwick’s or (say it isn’t so!) a domestic draught, make it stand out at a party with these Lucky Brew Labels from Benign Objects. You can download the free printable labels at her site. Serve your beer with these yummy candied mixed nuts with rosemary.

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If you have beer mugs, you definitely need coasters! We love this free printable St. Patrick’s Day coaster from Twig & Thistle. You can find all of the DIY directions here!

 

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Add some festive pop to your St. Patrick’s Day with these Lucky Irish Poppers from Kelly at Studio DIY.

 

 

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Are you partial to sweets over beer? Never fear, your beer mug can still come in handy when you use it to hold this yummy homemade shamrock shake recipe from The Naptime Chef.

 

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And now, for our giveaway!

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To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we’re giving away 10 sets of two of our Classic Beer Mugs. This mug’s classic, simple design makes it a great gift (or prize!) for the beer lover. The glass is carefully molded with a wide rim and slightly flared base for subtle style.

For a chance to win one of the 10 sets of two beer mugs, simply fill out the form below by 11:59 pm PT Friday night and we’ll pick 10 winners at random.  (You can read the official rules here.)

Thank you for reading! This contest is now closed.

Link Time: A Chic, Family-Friendly House Tour

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We love this home’s family-friendly and chic style — as well as all of the Pottery Barn pieces. — Apartment Therapy

See how one blogger is decorating for Spring with our bunny tabletop accessories. — Sweethearts and Sweet Tarts

Everything you need for a St. Patrick’s Day party! — PopSugar Home

Make this! Kumquat marmalade. — Folk Magazine

10 must-know room measurements. — House Beautiful 

The evolution of a blue room. — Designer Dad Studio

Find a new favorite juice glass. — Design Sponge

These free printable leprechaun notes are just adorable. — Studio DIY

Take a different peek at Kristen’s chic and cozy home. — Front & Main

Hop To It! Easter Cards We’d Love to Find in Our Mailbox

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Time to get your Easter cards in the mail! We’ve taken the hardest part of the job out of the equation by hunting down the cutest and most charming Easter cards on the market from independent designers.
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On the top of our list is this adorable set of 4 mini cards with coordinating colors, which ships with 4 kraft brown mini envelopes. Need more choices? Check out the rest of our roundup below.

 

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Our Modern Galvanized Wall Planter Welcomes a Decidedly Old-Fashioned Flower

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Pottery Barn’s Hammered Galvanized Wall Planter is absolutely versatile and can create an incredible focal point in a garden or on a home’s porch or patio space. In the catalog and on the website, the Galvanized Wall Planter was planted with echeveria and other modern-looking succulent plants. To celebrate Plant a Flower Day (that’s today!), we decided to plant this planter with a much more traditional bloom.
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It turns out that the Pottery Barn Galvanized Wall Planter works for plants well beyond simple succulents. For a touch of spring romance, we planted the succulent planter with one of our favorite old-fashioned blooms: the bleeding heart. Lamprocapnos spectabilis also goes by the names old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or lyre flower.

 

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This rhizomatous perennial plant is native to eastern Asia from Siberia south to Japan and was first introduced to England in the 1840s, this popular ornamental plant is a surefire hit in flower gardens in temperate climates. Bleeding hearts prefer to be planted in light to medium shade, though in cooler climates it will grow in full sun.

 

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To plant it in the galvanized planter on a long-term basis, we would recommend lining the exterior grid of the planter with burlap or landscaping cloth cut to fit. Add some larger stones to the bottom of the container to promote good drainage, and enjoy this fun mix of old-fashioned floral beauty with a modern Pottery Barn planter!